The English Land Laws; Being An Account Of Their History, Present Features And Proposed Reforms

Paperback | January 14, 2012

bySamuel Moss

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PART II.--THEIR CHIEF FEATURES. The chief features of our present land system are best seen under two heads:--I.--The rule of descent in case of the owner's death intestate; or, in other words, the rule which points out to whom the land will go in case of the owner dying without having made a will. And II.---The enormous power the owner has over land (a) during life, and (b) by will at his death. 1.--What is the rule of descent in case of the owner's death intestate? The rule is, that if the owner of an estate of inheritance dies without having made a will, the estate descends not to the sons and daughters equally, but to the eldest son alone, to the exclusion of his brothers and sisters. If the eldest son is dead leaving a male child, the estate will descend to that child, and so on. The eldest son to-day, although he may be stunted in physique, a semi-idiot in mental power, and whose moral character may be a disgrace to the age in which he lives, will, nevertheless, succeed to the landed estates of his father if he dies without a will; he may take up the title of nobility which his father may have nobly earned, and have absolute control over property which perchance his father may have purchased with the accumulations of hard toil. Let us for a few moments examine into the origin of this rule, which is called the Rule of Primogeniture, or the Rule of the Firstborn. In the earliest times we find no such rule prevailed. The only nation which favoured the eldest born were the Jews, who gave the eldest son a double portion of the inheritance. And we are told that the Greeks, the Romans, the Britons, and the Saxons all divided their lands equally among the children, at any rate among the males. We have a good instance of the Saxon rule in Kent, which prevails to th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PART II.--THEIR CHIEF FEATURES. The chief features of our present land system are best seen under two heads:--I.--The rule of descent...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217796974

ISBN - 13:9780217796972

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